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Kenya's Safaricom Wins $170 Million Government Communications Contract

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Kenya's Safaricom has been granted a controversial security infrastructure contract after a Parliamentary committee approved the contract.

The House Committee on Administration and National Security said that awarding the contract to a single bidder was acceptable this time, and rejected the complaints raised by other bidders.

"The House approves the tender award and the signing of the contract to Safaricom for the provision of a National Surveillance, Communication and Control System for the National Police Service."

"The country is currently faced with multiple security challenges never witnessed before that threaten to compromise the national security of the county," read their report.

The report also accused some of the complainants of misleading the committee as they tried to overturn the Sh14.9 billion (USD170 million) communications tender.

The contract requires Safaricom to install hundreds of CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, create a national command and control centre and link nearly 200 police stations.

The mobile network will also benefit from the award of LTE spectrum which it will be able to use in part for its consumer services.

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